[ Sir Hugh Jamieson Elles, first commander of the Tank Corps, during the Battle of Amiens, 1918. ] Duplicated Typed Circular 'SPECIAL ORDER No. 15 | by | Major-Genl. H. J. ELLES, CB, DSO, Comdg.', thanking 'all ranks' during 'the present battle'.

Major-General H. J. Elles [ Lieutenant General Sir Hugh Jamieson Elles ] (1880-1945), first commander of the Tank Corps [ First World War; Battle of Amiens, August 1918 ]
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'Tank Corps in the Field. [ Battle of Amiens] | 13th August, 1918'
SKU: 18669

From the papers of Lieutenant Colonel William Otter Gibbs (1883-1960), Sixth Tank Battalion. Duplicated Typed Circular headed 'SPECIAL ORDER No. 15 | by | Major-Genl. H. J. ELLES, CB, DSO, Comdg. Tank Corps in the Field. | 13th August, 1918.' With facsimile signature of 'H. J. Elles. | Major-General, | Commanding Tank Corps in the Field.' 1p., landscape 12mo. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper. Reads: 'At the close of the first phase of the present battle, I wish to thank all ranks upon the success which has rewarded the energy, forethought, and devotion to duty which they have displayed. | The fighting reputation of the Tank Corps has been fully maintained. | Many thousand lives have been saved by the gallant way in which Tanks have been fought. | Further calls will be made upon us. | We must meet them.' In the twelve weeks between 21 August 1918 and the Armistice on 11 November 1918, some 2,400 men and officers of the Tank Corps became casualties. No other copies traced, either on OCLC WorldCat, COPAC, or at the Imperial War Museum.